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MarketLink Two-Sided Auction Software

The MarketLink application currently supports continuous double auction, posted offer auction, and posted bid auction experiments that are conducted over the Internet. Two main types of market environments are currently supported - a commodity market and an asset market.

  • Commodity market - In commodity market experiments, each commodity unit has a cost of production and a value in consumption. These experiments are typically used to test market structure models, including competitive, duopoly, and monopoly markets.
  • Asset market - In asset market experiments, traders begin each period with both units of a currency and units of the asset. The asset pays a dividend in each period, and traders can either buy or sell the asset.

Section Organization

This section provides two types of information. There are discussions of each experiment type, and also instructions on the steps required to run these experiments. If you aren't familiar with the MarketLink software, you'll want to review the information below on Java Web Start and on "Starting and Joining an Experiment Session," but if you are familiar with MarketLink you can see all of the existing MarketLink experiments here.

Market Experiments in MarketLink

The links below are to pages that briefly discuss each of the MarketLink experiment configurations that have been prepared, and each page includes a button that automatically includes a configuration for the experiment in your profile.

Running MarketLink Experiments

Install Java WebStart

In order to use the MarketLink software, Java WebStart is required.

Join a Session

To see a description of the steps that you need to follow to join an experiment session that your instructor has prepared, click on the "Join a Session" link below.

Start a Session

To see a description of the steps that you need to follow to start an experiment session, click on the "Start a Session" link below.

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